No Sachin, Ponting, Bradman in Dickie Bird's greatest Test XI

Modern greats Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis also miss out in a list that neither features players currently playing the game nor any of the top-10 run scorers in Test cricket. Imran Khan is the captain of Bird's World Test XI.

updated: April 18, 2013 12:57 IST
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With his 80th birthday coming up on Friday, cricket's most famous English umpire Dickie Bird has listed the eleven players he believes are the 'greatest-ever' in Test cricket.

Published in The Telegraph, the list contains some predictable entries and some surprise additions. None of the top-10 run getters in Test cricket are part of the list with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara being shock omissions. Sir Donald Bradman also fails to make the cut.

The only Indian to feature in the list is Sunil Gavaskar, who is paired alongside South African opener Barry Richards. Bird describes Gavaskar as "one of the two best opening bats" while claiming the Richards "would have broken all the records, but for apartheid".

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